Students in California get to sleep in a little later due to a new proposal adopted by California lawmakers.
On Friday, the California legislature voted in favor of barring middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 am, arguing the students need more sleep.
The bill was one of more than a dozen proposals considered and debated by the legislative body on the final day of its legislative calendar.
From Fox News:
The bill, SB328, narrowly passed in both chambers. The development came as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills ahead of a midnight deadline, addressing topics ranging from internet neutrality and smoking at state beaches.
Nearly 80 percent of California middle and high schools started earlier than 8:30 a.m. in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB328, schools will have about three years to comply. It would not apply to rural schools or to extra periods offered before the start of a school day. It would not mandate changes to school day lengths.
The proposal, though it received bipartisan support in the legislative chamber, was widely ridiculed by people online:
Here’s an idea….. make kids go to bed at a respectable hour like we always did growing up. I swear the level of stupidity this country is reaching astounds me!
— Derrick R. Jennings (@satyrdrcj42) September 1, 2018
More politicians who think they know what’s better for you
— Ryan Martinez (@RyanMartinezUS) September 1, 2018
When are the people of California going to take their state back?
— Bob Butcher (@butcher9bob) September 1, 2018
The “wimpification” of our youth continues….Wow
— John N Garcia (@jngarc) September 1, 2018
I’m not against giving kids more time to sleep. I’m guessing working parents and their employers aren’t going to be thrilled when a whole bunch of parents have to ask if they can come in later and/or struggle to figure out what to do to get to work on time now.
— Kristi Talmadge (I-CT) (@KristiTalmadge) September 1, 2018
— Brad Kolling (@KollingBrad) September 1, 2018
More government intervention when, you know, the students could go to bed earlier?
Or they could just go to bed earlier 🤭
— DeAnn Knox (@DeAnn_Knox) September 1, 2018
Going to bed earlier not an option ?
— Chuck LaFata (@25Bluedevil) September 1, 2018
— david dobbs (@daviddobbs5231) September 1, 2018
The Marine Corps can fix that for those young Californian Men and Women if they have the guts to serve!
— Ryan Gilliam (@RealRyanGilliam) September 1, 2018
Maybe is they’d go to bed on time ?
— TNJBRAD57 (@tnjbrad57) September 1, 2018
Me – “May I start work at like 9:30, nine is a little early for me?”
Boss – “Sure, at you next job.”
— Glenn Patterson (@CubsfanGlenn) September 1, 2018
Because parents sending their kids to bed at a decent time is probably child abuse now.
— Alan (@LegoMasterSW) September 1, 2018
Maybe kids could go to bed earlier?
— OhiOGaL (@GoBuckeyesOH) September 1, 2018
What is going on in California? Such a strange place.
— arden (@arden013) September 1, 2018
Isn’t this going to mess up the next generation?
I was born on a farm and got up at 4:30am everyday. Never hurt me.
Now days, I’m up at 4am and I get a lot of work done!
Makes me wonder…
— Tom OConnor The Computer Guy (@IamKnownAsTomO) September 1, 2018
… then you’ve got to mandate parents feeding them breakfast and a late start for parents at the work place (NOT).
— RAWHIDE0302🇺🇸 (@RAAFROMTEXAS) September 1, 2018